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Havant FOE Newsletter - June 2021

Havant Great Big Green Week – 18th – 26th September 

Could you organise something in your own area?  It would be great to see lots of events around the Borough, celebrating action on climate and sending a message to the politicians (especially in the lead up to the COP26 climate talks in November) that we really care about the linked issues of cutting greenhouse gas emissions, protecting biodiversity and tackling waste and pollution. We want to be part of the national event: https://greatbiggreenweek.com/

We have a number of events planned including a display about the work of local groups in the Meridian Centre and stalls at the mayor’s coffee morning to show what environmental groups are doing but there is plenty of scope for more.

So, if you’re a member of a group could you plan an open day, a talk, a practical demonstration, a walk or a cycle ride?

Maybe a working group to clear a site, tree planting or an event involving children? Could you build an environmental theme into something you are doing already – even a coffee morning or religious service?

Do let us know if have ideas now or if you have any questions about the Great Big Green Week. Contact us at [email protected]

The Birds of Havant area

Lots of you will know Martin Hampton who gave us a great talk about the insects to find around Havant a few months ago.

Havant Climate Alliance has invited Martin back to tell us about the birds you might expect to see in the Havant area and what we can do to help them.

The talk is on Wednesday 23rd June at 7pm and you can sign up here https://actionnetwork.org/events/the-birds-of-havant-area-and-how-you-can-help/

Go Wilder with 30 Days Wild

From 1st to the 30th June The Wildlife Trust is challenging you to do one wild thing a day throughout the month of June!

That’s 30 simple, fun and exciting Random Acts of Wildness.

When you sign up, you’ll get a free pack of goodies to help you plan your wild month, plus lots of ideas to inspire you to stay wild all throughout June and beyond!

The Wave of Hope

At the G7 in Cornwall this month – 12th and 13th June, the UK will be hosting the leaders of some of the world’s most powerful countries. So it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to crack the four major crises the whole world is facing; the Covid pandemic, injustice, climate change and nature loss.

We’re all invited to be part of the Wave of Hope craft action sweeping the UK to show the leaders that we want them to work together for a better world.

To take part in the Wave of Hope, the Crack the Crises coalition are asking individuals, families and community groups to put together creative window displays of handprints from their homes to raise awareness of the need for urgent climate action, adding messages of hope.

Take a photo of your window display and post it to social media using #WaveofHope. These images will then be collated together for use in a physical display at the G7 itself.

To find out more about the #WaveOfHope, visit crackthecrises.org

Havant Reservoir

The reservoir was discussed by the Havant Borough Council planning committee on Thursday 3rd June and we’re sure you know that it was approved.

The presentation was very comprehensive so if you want to know more about what it will be like you can find the supporting documents on https://havant.moderngov.co.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?MId=11382

Events coming up
Portsmouth Green Drinks – Thursday 10th June at 8pm

Jenni Jones from Sustrans, the walking & cycling charity will talk about the exciting new School Streets programme which is being launched in selected Portsmouth schools.

For a meeting link email [email protected] 

Groundswell 2021

Groundswell 2021 is a programme of talks, workshops, celebrations and discussions to bring together experts, activists and communities from across the movement for climate justice Organised by Friendss of the Earth. Friday, 11th June to Sunday, 13th June.

To find out more https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/friends-of-the-earth-groundswell-2021-tickets-151455510509

Havant Climate Alliance Meetings

Meetings are via Zoom on the first and third Wednesdays and the next one will be on June 16th from 7pm. Contact [email protected] if you’d like the details

you can find out more on the website at https://havantclimatealliance.wordpress.com/ or follow on Facebook or Twitter: @HavClimate

Green New Deal Havant

wants us to paint the town green on 19th June. See more here https://www.greennewdealuk.org/updates/paint-the-town-green-jobs/

Margaret Lockyer has loads of posters and would love help. Contact her at [email protected]

The South East Climate Alliance Networking event 2021

is on June 19th and the theme is Step Change: Thinking Big in the Year of COP26. You can find out all about SECA and join their mailing list on https://seclimatealliance.uk/about/

The Economics of Biodiversity II – Thursday 24th June at 7pm. A cafe-style conversation with Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta about his landmark global review of the Economics of Diversity.

Havant FOE Newsletter - May 2021

Havant Great Big Green Week

Saturday 18th – Sunday 26th September

we’re hoping to see lots of events around the Borough, celebrating action on climate and sending a message to the politicians that we really care about the linked issues of cutting greenhouse gas emissions, protecting biodiversity and tackling waste and pollution. We want to be part of the national event: https://greatbiggreenweek.com/

We have a number of events planned but there is plenty of scope for more. Could your group plan an open day, a talk, a practical demonstration, a walk or a cycle ride? Maybe a working group to clear a site, tree planting or an event involving children? Could you build an environmental theme into something you are doing already – even a coffee morning or religious service?

We would love to see you organise something during the week. There’s lots more information, ideas and resources you can use on the national website. Do let us know if have ideas now or if you have any questions about the Great Big Green Week. Contact us at [email protected]

Havant Climate Alliance

Wednesday, 19th May starting at 7.00pm

Meetings are held via Zoom and first on the agenda will focus on mainly the Havant Big Green Week in September. Contact [email protected] if you’d like the details of how to join in.

You can find out more on the website at https://havantclimatealliance.wordpress.com/ or follow on Facebook or Twitter: @HavClimate

Rewilding Havant

Wednesday, 26th May at 7.00pm

We have invited Andy Ames from the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust to tell us about their Wilder Portsmouth project and the Waste of Space campaign. You can find out more and register here https://actionnetwork.org/events/rewilding-our-green-spaces

Havant Reservoir

This is going to be discussed by the HBC planning committee on Thursday 20th so send in objections if you want to. HFOE and HCA will be submitting a deputation. There are lots of things to worry about like access the huge quantity of emissions from the site and obviously the destruction of ancient woodland, with its impact on biodiversity. We need clear commitments to plant more to compensate.  We’d also like clarity on access, cycle paths, the design of the visitor centre.

Friends of the Ems

FOTE are campaigning to restore normal water flow in the River Ems which has for some years been under threat from over extraction of groundwater which feeds the river.

They have been able to make some progress and are now in regular contact with Portsmouth Water, the Environment Agency and OFWAT as well as other waterway protection groups. They are involved in the drafting of a report commissioned by Portsmouth Water.

Anyone who would like to get involved or be on the mailing list can contact FOTE at: [email protected]

Save Our South Coast Alliance covers the whole area around Chichester Harbour, so the edge of Havant and Hayling, but is concerned with land, marine and pollution issues affecting all the harbours and the whole peninsular. It’s worth taking a look at their website https://www.sosca.org.uk/
FOE Events – What has race got to do with the climate crisis?

Wednesday, 26th May

Join with activist and academic Alexandra Wanjiku Kelbert for an exploration of racial and environmental justice. Alexandra is an activist, lecturer and a researcher in the politics of race and environmental justice.

Friends of the Earth Groundswell 2021

Friday, 11th June – Sunday, 13th June

Groundswell is a programme of talks, workshops, celebrations and discussions to bring together experts, activists and communities from across the movement for climate justice Organised by FOE.

To find out more https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/friends-of-the-earth-groundswell-2021-tickets-151455510509

South East Climate Alliance Networking event

Saturday, 19th June 2021

The theme this year is Step Change:  Thinking Big in the Year of COP26. You can find out all about SECA and join their mailing list on https://seclimatealliance.uk/about/

Hampshire Climate Action Network – Meeting

The next meeting is on Saturday 5th June from 10.00am to 12.30pm

If you’d like the link, please email [email protected]

Portsmouth Friends of the Earth Bike Ride

Sunday, 30th May starting at 10.45am

The meet will be in Guildhall Square. Portsmouth Friends of the Earth Bike Ride is to celebrate National Bike Week, with the theme ‘Body, mind and soul: health and wellbeing through the ages’. More information can be found here, and email if you’d like to attend.

Biodiversity & Climate Crisis Summit – on the road to COP26

Wednesday, 2nd June, 5.30pm – 9.30pm

An international event with an impressive range of speakers, organised by UNA. You can find full details about the event here

Havant FOE Newsletter - April 2021

Elections on 6th May

South East Climate Alliance have produced useful pledge cards which Havant Climate Alliance is sending to candidates. You can see the card and the linked resources here: https://seclimatealliance.uk/abcdpledge/

If you are meeting any candidates, FOE Climate Action have put loads of resources on their website

The Slow Fashion Revolution Monday 26th April at 7:30pm

Email: [email protected] for the link.

Anne Sayer of Planet Aware and HCA will be talking about how we can change our relationship with clothes.

In our consumer society, bombarded with adverts., we accumulate crazy amounts of clothes.  But it doesn’t make us any happier. More stuff just adds to our stress levels.  And the planet is suffering from “too much stuff syndrome” too.

The COP26 Coalition have planned 4 days of free online talks from 22nd-25th April. It’s definitely worth taking a look. https://cop26coalition.org/global-gathering/

JOIN THE UK’S BIGGEST EVER CALL FOR ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE

From 18th-26th September we are joining with other members of The Climate Coalition to organise the Great Big Green Week – a huge call for action on climate change before the key climate talks in November. And we need you to help us make it the greatest, biggest, greenest week of action the UK has ever seen!

There will be national events like large concerts but the idea is also to have lots of local events like open days at wildlife projects, bike rides, open gardens, fairs. So we’re inviting people like you to host events and activities to raise the profile of climate change and how it is impacting the people and places we love right here in the UK and across the world.

Together we will show our communities, local decision makers and the UK government that it’s time to step up. Find out more and sign up at greatbiggreenweek.com

NB it’s Global Car Free Day on 22nd September…maybe something to link in with activities for the Great Big Green Week!

HOW CAN THE ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENT BE ANTI-RACIST? 

Friends of the Earth  YouTube series brings you live chats with experts tackling climate hot topics. In a recent episode, activists Mikaela Loach and Shaira Begum joined us to unpack climate as a social and racial justice issue. You can watch this conversation and catch up on all episodes in the series on our YouTube channel.

The link for the Climate and Anti-Racism talk is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAvYncc9EDc

FOE has also released an emergency plan for green jobs for young people which they hope will help us to make the case for green jobs locally.

The plan provides detailed analysis of the impacts of early unemployment – a young person unemployed for one year can lose up to £133,000 in earnings over the next 20 years. It calls for 250,000 Green Apprenticeships to address the climate and youth unemployment crises, and it spells out the co-benefits of green jobs.

Don’t forget that Havant Climate Alliance meets via Zoom most Wednesdays. The next meeting is on Wednesday 21st at 8pm (later than usual because we have arranged a training session at the start. After that, Wed 5th May at 7 pm. Contact [email protected] if you’d like the details

Find out more on the website. https://havantclimatealliance.wordpress.com/ or  follow on Facebook or Twitter: @HavClimate.

Peat bogs are rare ecosystems – wild areas which are home to a wealth of plants, birds and insects. They also store three times more carbon than a forest. Digging out peat for use in garden compost is environmental vandalism. So could all you keen gardeners stop friends and relatives from buying it and tell garden centres to stop selling it. https://www.forpeatssake.org.uk/
The new Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill is a harmful piece of legislation, posing a serious threat to some of our most fundamental rights, criminalising the lifestyle of nomadic Gypsy and Traveller communities and limiting access to nature.

FOE and Havant Climate alliance have signed letters of protest but let’s get lots more individual signatures. https://act.friendsoftheearth.uk/petition/add-your-name-defend-right-protest

Waste of Space campaign – The Wildlife Trust have a new tool for identifying little spaces across Hampshire that are wasted space and could be homes for plants, trees, creating links in nature corridors.
You may have heard that Pfizer are pulling out of Havant and have moved their distribution centre to Belgium. Developers have submitted a Planning Application (APP/21/00200) for a “last mile” storage and distribution warehouse/depot on the site.

They do not name which firm will be operating the depot. While we have made a case for good insulation, solar panels and increased biodiversity around the new building, a lot of concerns remain about the traffic impact on Havant and the roads around it.

Havant Civic Society have been conducting a forensic examination of the paperwork available so far and here are their conclusions:

There will be approximately 2,500 movements per day of HGVs and LGVs through and around Havant. While it is proposed that some of the LGVs will be electric, many other vehicles will be diesel powered.

The “last mile delivery” reference is misleading. Only about 5% of traffic will be delivering to Havant with 95% delivering around Hampshire, Sussex and Surrey.  Two thirds of this traffic will be at peak times.

This operation will be unlikely to create new jobs in Havant. 150 employed by Pfizer will be made redundant and the developers talk of this site being a consolidation of other smaller sites with no-one being made redundant. Therefore, it is likely that they will be bringing employees with them from other depots. This may generate additional lengthy journeys for these employees to reach their work.

You can see more information on the Havant Civic Society website: https://havantcivicsociety.uk

There are a lot of objections on the Council Planning website, and we will need to raise a Deputation when this finally goes to the Planning Committee.

LEAP (Local Energy Advice Partnership) can provide energy saving advice to vulnerable residents across Portsmouth and the surrounding areas (PO1-PO13).

This is a FREE home visit service that offers advice, free small energy saving measures, and access to further funding for loft and cavity wall insulation. To book a free home visit Call: (0800) 060 7567 (free phone)

Save Our South Coast Alliance  https://www.sosca.org.uk/ Have a look at the very useful website– lots of useful information and something we all care about.
Other upcoming events
15th April – 7.30 pm Let Doughnut Economics change your world – many of you will have heard of the work of pioneering economist Kate Raworth and her theory of doughnut economics.

In this webinar Kate explains clearly and visually how we can make change happen and how it is starting to happen in Yorkshire.

Dorking Climate Emergency have been inspired by the webinar and are really keen to share it widely.  So they are putting on two special showings followed by a Q&A session.
Find out more here

Hampshire Climate Action Network’s next meeting is on Saturday 17th April from 10.00am to 12.30pm If you’d like the link and agenda, please contact [email protected]
Global Dimension, which is a huge database of resources for schools on global issues is launching a new campaign at 5pm. on 21st April.

The campaign will feature a series of short films– following the lives of five young people who, over the next five years, each play a role in rebooting the future.

These films were inspired by a book written by Jonathon Porritt, which will be included as a resource, alongside a set of teaching guides

https://globaldimension.org.uk/campaigns/how-will-you-reboot-the-future/

Wednesday 21st April 7.30pm, online. Ocean Witness Watch Part

Greenpeace’s documentary series about oceans and aspects of its protection. For details and to register (free) visit their website

Thursday 22nd April – The Economics of Biodiversity: Conversations on the Dasgupta Review – to celebrate this year’s Earth Day, United Nations Association Climate & Oceans are launching their first Biodiversity and Climate Emergency Lab, a series of events being held in the run up to COP26.

The main questions they will address are: What should the UK Government do about this? What should Local Authorities do about this? What can we all do at local level?This online cafe-style conversation will focus on the key messages of the Dasgupta Review.  Their guest speaker will be Catherine Weetman, author, Circular Economy expert and founder of Rethink Global.

Starts at 7pm.  Book a ticket here.

1.5 v 2 Degrees Centigrades Celsius: Why Half a Degree Really Counts -Tuesday 29th April at 7.30pm

Join this Science Museum talk where campaigners and experts will debate how best to tackle the challenge of Earth’s rising temperature.